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In the past, I’ve referenced a number of instructional designers who are active in the community where they share all sorts of free downloads, examples, and answer questions.

Today, I’d like to focus on a few instructional designers and course developers who tend to share more advanced course development tips. They go through the nuances of the software, share hacks, and how to leverage JavaScript when using Storyline.

These are peers worth following.

Melissa Milloway

Melissa is a passionate learner and actively shares what she learns (often while she learns).  She’s also been a presenter at a few of our Articulate Roadshows.

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Here’s a good series she did on getting started with xAPI and Storyline.

Kevin Thorn

Years ago Kevin won an Articulate Guru award. From there here’s built quite a presence in the e-learning industry. Many of you probably know him from his iconic Nugget head character.

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If you want to learn how he comes up with ideas and builds his courses, check out his recent series on constructing a gamified module.

Zsolt Olah

Zsolt is a like a zsolt of lightning especially when it comes to talking gamification and how to engage learners. He has all sorts of really neat ideas and hacks to help you learn more. One of the most original and creative people in the industry.

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Check out this example of alternatives to multiple choice questions. Pretty cool.

Nick Shelton

Nick shares all sorts of cool tips and tricks with his unique brand of humor. His site has lots of good tutorial videos and advanced tips.

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Check out this example of how to add Cool Overlay Effects in Articulate Storyline with Basic After Effects & JavaScript.

Matthew Bibby

Matthew’s nickname should be the “E-learning Thunder from Down Under.” He presents really organized and detailed tutorials and tips in his blog.

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Look at this post on how to use Google Fonts with a variable.

David Charney

David always shares clever tips and examples. I recall sitting at the airport on my way to London and spending a couple of hours trying to deconstruct one of his demos for the weekly challenges.

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Here’s a video where he shares a way to mask content using the scroll panel feature. And of course, his review of the original Storyline 0.

Owen Holt

Owen does a great job showing how to use JavaScript with Storyline. He’s presented at the Austin Roadshow. He’s also got some popular tutorials.

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Here’s one he recently shared that’s gotten lots of play: how to add a print button to the course player [video].

Ron Price

Ron is CLO for Yukon where he manages and conducts a lot of Articulate training. Ron is also a fixture in our Articulate Live webinars where he shares all sorts of cool tips and tricks.

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If you’re an Articulate 360 subscriber you don’t want to miss those Friday Quick Tips & Tricks sessions. Here’s a recent tutorial Ron posted where he answered a training question: Why Does My Custom Menu Lose Track of My Progress?

To the ones above, thanks for what you do to support the community and industry. I know that there are a lot more really talented developers worth mentioning. Feel free to give them props in the comments section below.


Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for e-learning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly e-learning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool e-learning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This e-learning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

2 responses to “8 E-Learning Developers You Should Follow”

“E-learning Thunder from Down Under.”

Ha ha ha. Love it. I’ll use this moving forward. Thanks Tom.


Thank you for including me in the lineup! I hope my ideas spark action within the community to make stuff and not just read stuff! Pushing the envelope is an action, not a learning objective.

Also wanted to salute all eLearning Heroes who, week by week, complete the challenges here! When someone ask me where to start or how to develop skills, I always tell them to look at completed weekly challenges. Tremendous learning opportunity for anyone to see how the same problem can be solved in different ways.

Engage the WORL&D!